SIOUX CITY, Iowa - The Dakota State University outdoor track and field teams competed in the Sioux City Relays Friday and Saturday at the Olsen Stadium. The Trojans performed well in a competitive meet.
â€œIt was probably one of the largest and most competitive fields at the Sioux City Relays in years with athletes from 20 colleges and universities,â€ stated Trent Mack, one of the Trojans' head coaches. â€œWe've always felt this is a key meet going into the final stretch of our season and the performances really showed.â€
The men's distance medley relay team (Tyler Van Peursem, Cody Foreman, Matt Fideler and Anthony Drealan) won the event on Friday evening. They broke all-time Sioux City Relays record (it was previously set by Dakota State last season with a time of 10:12.45) with a time of 10 minutes and 11.69 seconds and captured first place.
Van Peursem and freshman Andy Coy ran national qualifying marks in the men's 800-meter run on Friday night. Van Peursem finished third with a time of 1:53.49. Coy placed fourth in 1:53.50.
On Saturday, Fideler claimed the men's 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:21.55. Drealan was second in 9:23.05. Fideler and Drealan hit the national qualifying marks for NAIA Nationals.
Van Peursem and Coy ran the men's 1500-meter run on Saturday. Van Peursem captured the event with a time of 3:54.84. Coy was fourth in 3:59.68.
Dakota State finished third in both sprint medley and 4 x 400-meter relays. The sprint medley relay team (Zach Bakke, Jared Mengenhausen, Foreman and Fideler) finished with a time of 3:33.17. The 4 x 400-meter relay (Foreman, Stacey Berg, Van Peursem and Coy) ran a time of 3:21.46.
Devon Berkness placed fifth in the men's 5000-meter run with a time of 15 minutes and 16.01 seconds.
The women's team, large numbers of freshmen and sophomores, has posted solid performances as well, according to Mack. In the women's 800-meter run, freshman Brittany Young placed sixth with a time of 2:17.91. She missed the national qualifying mark by 0.10 seconds.
In the field events, newcomer Donna Lavea finished fifth with a toss of 44 feet and five inches in the women's shot put. It was her personal best throw by nearly two inches, moving her higher in the national rankings.
The women's 4 x 400-meter relay team posted a great performance, winning the second heat with a time of 4:04.31. The relay team missed the DSU school record by half of a second. The women's 4 x 400-meter relay team was consisted of three freshmen - Brittany Young, Stephanie Uher, Claire Beck and junior Brandi Gau.
The women's sprint medley recorded second place finish in the meet. The sprint medley relay team (Laura Porch, Uher, Karisa Hartje and Young) finished with a time of 4:17.92.
Porch, Hartje, Amber Krogstad and Danielle Rowe ran for the Trojans' 4 x 200-meter relay and clinched a third place finish with a time of 1:47.86.
Rowe placed second in the women's high jump with a measurement of five feet and 4.25 inches.
Krogstad was eighth in the women's long jump with a measurement of 16 feet and 7.75 inches. She placed sixth in the triple jump with a mark of 35 feet and 7.25 inches.
â€œWe've been really fortunate with the weather this year and it has allowed us to post really good performances for this time of the season,â€ stated Mack. â€œIf we can continue to progress, we should have a lot of personal best marks by the end of the season.â€
The Trojans return home on Friday, hosting the DSU Invitational at the Trojan Field. A partial team from Dakota State will be competing in the Drake Relays on Friday and Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director